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We recently asked Beth, one of our talent development instructors, for some insider information on our free workshops. Beth has been teaching workshops for seven years and one of her favorite workshops to teach is Cover Letter Writing. This is what she told us about the workshop: What is Cover ...
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February is Career and Technical Education Month, a national campaign to increase awareness and celebrate the value of programs that prepare students for the world of work. This is the fifth in a series of stories focusing on CTE in West Michigan. Nearly 2,000 Kent County high school juniors and ...
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This is the first in a series on career and technical education. Future posts will highlight CTE programs across West Michigan and how they’re helping students prepare for college and career. February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a national campaign to increase awareness and celebrate the value of ...
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Most interviews end with this question: What questions do you have for us? Your interview isn’t over yet! Show curiosity and interest in the company during this part of the interview. Impress the employer with great questions- not ones you already know the answer to, such as position details or ...
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The average job search process takes over six weeks and can be longer depending on the industry and level of the position. If you’re unemployed, you need to make job search your full-time job to get the fastest results. West Michigan Works! provides free services to help you at every ...
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Recently, LinkedIn analyzed hundreds of thousands of job postings to decide which skills companies need most in 2019. How does that list compare to what West Michigan employers need? We asked a couple of them their thoughts. The 5 most in-demand soft skills in 2019 soft skill: personal attributes, personality ...
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The New Year is a great time to reset goals and create healthy habits. Have you made any resolutions yet? Here’s a list of popular goals and how they can help your job search: Exercise more Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happier. Exercise will improve your sleep, reduce ...
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Meet Karla and Bob. They both came to a West Michigan Works! service center after losing their jobs. They both started their job search with fear they wouldn’t get rehired because they’re older workers. After help from their career coaches, they both found jobs similar to their previous ones and ...
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In 2018 West Michigan Works! (WMW) helped 44,890 job seekers, served 3,193 employers and filled 10,463 jobs. This work isn’t done in isolation; it’s accomplished through partnerships with employers, training providers, educators and community organizations. Each December, we look back over the year and recognizes a few of its key ...
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There are many moving parts to a job search: research, networking, writing, applying, following up. The list goes on and on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are five easy, yet important tasks that are easily forgotten: Consider job search your job. Set a daily schedule. Wake up at the ...
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Davidson Plyforms is the largest curved plywood manufacturer in North America. They make wood furniture pieces for customers like Haworth, Steelcase and Herman Miller. Their products are used daily around the world in offices, hospitals, schools and homes. There is no typical day at Davidson Plyforms because their jobs are ...
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Muskegon Recovery Center is part of the Cherry Health system, which offers health services to individuals who have little or no access to health care. The Recovery Center provides medication assisted treatment, as well as group therapy and support services, for individuals addicted to opiates. MRC currently has a long ...
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Do you want to earn some extra cash for the holidays?   Are you a college student looking for job over break?                                               . Would you like to get your foot in the door with a new employer?   Consider a seasonal job! Employers are hiring record numbers of seasonal ...
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Meet Nate: Nate had no work experience and a disability that made getting a job difficult. Through the Youth Employment Services program, Nate got an apprenticeship with a local electrical company after graduating from high school, attended community college and is on his way to a career in electrical engineering. ...
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Since 2013 they have applied for and received millions of Going Pro Talent Fund dollars. The Going Pro Talent Fund (previously Skilled Trades Training Fund) provides competitive awards for short-term training that addresses documented skill deficits. Employers play an integral role in the Talent Fund program; they work with their ...
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Were you a member of the US Armed Forces? If so, you and your spouse may qualify for priority of service and other individualized employment services through West Michigan Works! Veterans possess many of the soft skills that employers are seeking. Effective communication, teamwork, dependability, responsibility, multitasking and the ability ...
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We recently sat down with Linden, a talent development instructor at West Michigan Works!, to talk about workshops for job seekers. Linden has been teaching workshops for five years and his favorite workshop to teach is Job Search Techniques. Here’s what we learned about what makes this workshop his favorite. ...
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Apprenticeships have long played a major role in training America’s skilled workers, combining classroom learning, on-the-job training and wages that increase as skills are learned. Apprentices not only get paid while learning the skills for a high-demand job, they earn a nationally recognized industry certification. With all these benefits, it’s ...
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Collaboration aligns labor supply with employer demand Much of the work being done to address talent demand issues is happening through industry sector collaboration, or industry councils. Councils bring together employers, workforce agencies and other partners such as training institutions and economic development agencies to create regional, sector-specific workforce strategies. ...
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L to R: Lelah Christiansen, Shanitra Reed, Samantha Gonzales, Melonie Rodriguez, Gina Mancha Five women put on red caps and gowns, sharing smiles and stories about the past 18 weeks they experienced together. They are the first students to complete and graduate the Sterile Processing Registered Apprenticeship program: Lelah Christiansen, ...
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Your first visit to a Michigan Works! service center might have been to register for work. Now that you’re registered for work and receiving unemployment benefits, it’s time to jump start your job search.  We can help! What else does West Michigan Works! do? Job search: West Michigan employers are ...
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Celena Mancina, Grand Circus and Brandon Brown, Meridan West Michigan’s IT industry is one of the fastest growing in the nation. With a growth rate +6.5% over the national average, employers are concerned about finding enough talent to fill their job openings. On Thursday, June 21, West Michigan Tech Talent ...
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It’s really easy to get discouraged or depressed during your job search. Here are five ways to keep your job search upbeat and successful. Connect with past co-workers. Let them know you are on the hunt. You’ll be surprised how many are willing to help. Volunteer. Use your free time ...
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Please note the following changes to the unemployment process in response to COVID-19.   Until further notice: West Michigan Works! has cancelled non-essential services such as workshops, orientations, hiring events and other group activities. All unemployment claims can currently be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. You are NOT required to ...
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D’Angelo Green will graduate from Muskegon Heights High School Academy with a very bright future. But the outlook hasn’t always been so positive. A bleak future At the start of his senior year, D’Angelo lacked the essentials needed for graduation and success beyond high school: credits, motivation, maturity and basic ...
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Please note the following changes to the unemployment process in response to COVID-19.   Until further notice: West Michigan Works! has cancelled non-essential services such as workshops, orientations, hiring events and other group activities. All unemployment claims can currently be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. You are NOT required to ...
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Have you seen our monthly series on Facebook, Ask a Career Coach? We're traveling to our service centers to sit down with a career coach LIVE to give you a chance to ask job search-related questions. This month we visited the Holland Service Center. In this video, Mark talks about: ...
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by Jane Kreha, Director of Marketing Muskegon CNA graduates West Michigan Works! and its program partner, Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI), graduated two classes of Certified Nurse Aids (CNAs) this May. In ceremonies in Muskegon and Grand Rapids, 13 individuals were pinned and are now ready to begin their ...
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Going PRO apprenticeship readiness participants with their new employers Program matches young adults with manufacturing employers Wednesday, May 30 was “signing day” for six Allegan residents eager to begin careers in manufacturing.  The individuals, a mix of recent high school graduates and young adults seeking a career pathway, are participants ...
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Are you ready to get the skills to succeed in one of the fastest growing industries in our state? West Michigan construction companies need qualified talent, and that need is only expected to grow. It is estimated that the construction industry will need 9,000 new employees each year in Michigan. ...
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The West Michigan Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program (MARAP) combines classroom learning, simulation learning and work experience with a participating healthcare provider. As a student in this one-year program, you will: graduate with a Medical Assistant Certificate of Completion, a certificate of completion of apprenticeship from the US Department of ...
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Kimberly Stein, HR Manager Recco Filters makes wire mesh fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic filters for the aerospace, fluid power and other industries. They've received multiple customer awards for quality. Recco is currently hiring for several positions, so we chatted with their HR manager, Kimberly Stein, about these opportunities. What makes ...
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Haworth, furniture manufacturer headquartered in Holland, Michigan, will be at Allegan and Ottawa Service Centers this week because they're hiring! We sat down with one of their recruiters, Valerie Reimus to hear more about the company and open positions. Thanks for joining us today! Can you introduce yourself? I am Valerie ...
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Build a Skilled Workforce With Training Funds Low unemployment levels mean today’s job-seeker pool is at historically low levels. Yet, employers still have jobs they need to fill. West Michigan Works! can connect employers to a variety of services to address their talent needs, including access to workforce training funds. ...
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Anna Trujillo was referred to West Michigan Works! after returning to Michigan from California in August 2017. Anna was worried about finding employment; she didn’t have a credential, interview clothing, transportation funds or a Michigan driver's license and registration. She needed a way to support herself and her three children. ...
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Employers offer short phone interviews now more than ever before. These interviews help hiring managers decide which candidates to invite to a longer, in-person interview. More than half of what a person says is communicated through body language and non-verbal cues.  During a phone interview, the hiring manager can only ...
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A statewide training program is using the principles of supply chain management to ensure Michigan has a steady supply of qualified talent. Consumers Energy Co. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation are training leaders of Michigan chambers of commerce, economic and workforce development organizations and nonprofits to be the ...
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Students and employers gathered at the Muskegon Career Tech Center for the Student Showcase, the last step of the Linked Muskegon program. Linked is an 18-week training course in machining, welding or health sciences open to people of all ages who are looking for a new career. Michael Minton, CNC ...
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       Fogg Filler is a family owned business in Holland, Michigan that designs and manufactures rotary filling systems. Their machines are used to fill containers for a growing number of industries throughout the world including dairy, water, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical. The company strives to combine skilled ...
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Know before you go! Meet one of the employers attending the Holland Job Fair on Tuesday, March 13. Chick-fil-A in Holland is looking for team members. We sat down over coffee and egg white grill sandwiches to talk with their talent coordinator, Melissa Wayne, about opportunities for job seekers. Why ...
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Editor’s Note: This is the third in a four-part series about how to answer common interview questions. Read part 1 and part 2. An interviewer may ask the following questions to get some insight into your motivations, attitudes and professional goals. Why are you looking to leave your current job? ...
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Chet Wiersma on break fairlife's break room With steeled toe boots and a hair net, Chet Wiersma is ready for a 12-hour shift as a packaging operator at fairlife, a health food company with a milk production facility in Coopersville that produces and markets great tasting, nutrient-dense milk products. Here’s ...
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2017 winner Adela Miranda, Hampton Inn Holland Every day thousands of service workers perform tasks that make our days a little brighter, our businesses running smoother, our experiences more memorable. Nine such individuals were recognized with Essential Service Awards during a meeting of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids on ...
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More than 1100 students participate in Hour of Code event West Michigan's IT industry is one of the fastest growing in the nation with a growth rate +6.5% over the national average.  And the increasing use of technology in the workforce is creating a growing need for IT workers across ...
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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series about how to answer common interview questions. The Interview: Answers to Common Questions You did it. You nailed your resume and cover letter. You networked with the right people and found great references. Now you have to prepare for the ...
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Publication Provides Snapshot of Region's Workforce Needs West Michigan Works! released this week its 2018 Hot Jobs list. The list contains the 100 top jobs in the region’s high-growth industries. For the seven-county West Michigan region, the highest demand is concentrated in health sciences and manufacturing. High-demand occupations are defined ...
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Collaboration key to solving the region's workforce challenges The 2017 fiscal year found West Michigan Works! continuing to grow, change and improve as a regional entity.  A focus on cost-cutting and innovative approaches to programmatic services led to direct service delivery for Allegan, Barry, Ionia, and Montcalm counties. This, plus ...
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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! Meet one of the recruiters attending Paragon D&E's hiring event on Thursday, December 14.   Name: Britteny Willis Position: HR Representative Company: Paragon D&E When you meet a job seeker at a hiring event, what questions do you want them to ask you? Here are some of ...
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Know before you go. Get to know one of the employers attending the Second Chance Job Fair. Meet Ramona Saftuic. She's a Human Resources Generalist at Rapid-Line. Why is Rapid-Line conviction-friendly? We are here for more than making money. We want to engage the community and provide equal opportunity employment to ...
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During times of low unemployment, there is a critical need to upskill the current workforce to meet the growing talent needs of employers. Skilled Trade Training Fund grants address the skills gap by funding training opportunities for the current workforce. The grants create a win-win situation - when employers invest ...
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Pictured from left: Craig Stolsonburg – Business Solutions Representative, West Michigan Works!; Kerry Boulter – Training Coordinator, Flexfab; Kevin Trahan – Maintenance Technician, Flexfab Hastings manufacturer, Flexfab, leveraged workforce training funds to help cover the cost of long-time employee Kevin Trahan’s certification in Managing Industrial Networks for Manufacturing. Tapping into ...
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A view from above MiCareerQuest 2017 taken from a hydraulic lift in the construction sector MiCareerQuest is a unique, hands-on career exploration event that exposes over 9,000 West Michigan middle and high school students to exciting job opportunities in high-demand industries. Kids, teachers and guidance counselors meet with local employers ...
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Influx of training dollars critical during times of low unemployment The Talent Investment Agency for the state of Michigan announced today its Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) awards for FY 2018.  Since 2013, the STTF has injected millions of dollars into the Michigan economy for short-term training in high-demand occupations. ...
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Service centers will offer workshops, resource fairs and hiring events with veteran focus During the week of Nov. 6, West Michigan Works! service centers will honor those who served in the military by offering job search services and events with a focus on veterans. “We serve veterans every day, but ...
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Board will look to innovative solutions to meet employer demand and provide job opportunities for all West Michigan Works! announced this week the nomination of the agency’s workforce board chair and vice chair. David Smith, president and CEO of The Employers’ Association, and Cindy Brown, executive director of Hello West ...
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The Michigan Construction Foundation (MCF) recently released Michigan’s Construction Industry: By the Numbers that reports on Michigan construction industry labor data. "We are focused on finding more workers for construction employers," says Brindley Byrd, Executive Director of the Michigan Construction Foundation (MCF), "and because of that, we looked at available data on ...
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Certifications will allow Allegan health care facility to impact community for years to come Ely Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was awarded $17,320 in Skilled Trades Training Funds (STFF) earlier this year.  The state funds, administered through Michigan Works!, help Michigan employers train and develop staff. West Michigan Works! representative, ...
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West Michigan Provider Honored for Innovative Approaches to Talent Development, Career Pathways Mercy Health was honored at a statewide workforce conference today for its commitment to developing a pipeline of skilled and competent health care talent in the state. Named the Michigan Works! Association 2017 Employer of the Year, Mercy Health ...
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Five reasons why employers should participate It’s a fact: 37.5 million baby boomers will retire in the next decade and only 21 million workers will enter the workforce to replace them. (2015 Skills Gap report, Deloitte) To address the future shortage of talent, a regional collaboration of employers and ISDs ...
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Talent 2025 recently released their Labor Force Participation Rate research brief. The rate is an important measure of the health of the economy. While the unemployment rate measures the number of individuals who are not working and looking for work as a proportion of the number of individuals in the labor force, the ...
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SUPPORT WORKFORCE FUNDING The President has recognized that there are millions of vacant jobs in the country, and he says he wants to get people back to work. But this budget says otherwise. With proposed program eliminations and reductions just shy of $1 billion, it would seriously undercut our system's ...
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Is your company interested in developing a registered apprenticeship program? Why do it alone?   Apprenticeships have been used to train labor and address critical talent needs for over 75 years. West Michigan Works! is now part of a statewide initiative to expand apprenticeship programs. By acting as a liaison with ...
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On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, West Michigan Works!, in partnership with Muskegon Community College (MCC), unveiled their new certified nurse assistant (CNA) learning lab. The lab features medical equipment, human manikins and a smart board for students in the CNA program at MCC. The lab in Muskegon is the third ...
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The Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded $20,000 in grant funding to support boot camp technology training for local employees. The grant will provide low-wage employees, who face barriers to professional development, the opportunity to learn the technology skills employers need. Participants will learn skills such as software coding and business analysis. ...
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West Michigan Works! has partnered with the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) to help fill talent gaps in health care and provide new opportunities for job seekers who experience barriers to employment. A 13-week long CNA course provides no-cost training to those wanting to enter the field or needing ...
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A Message from the CEO According to the president's 2018 budget priorities, the administration is requesting $9.6 billion for the Department of Labor, a $2.5 billion (21 percent) decrease from the 2017 annualized CR (Continued Resolution) level. Some of our community partners will be impacted by these cuts. While West Michigan ...
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